Eligibility & Prerequisites

The Washington University Program in Physical Therapy recognizes that students completing courses in the spring and summer of 2020 may complete part or all of their coursework on a pass/fail basis, either as an individual choice or due to an institutional decision.  We support our future DPT students and their institutions in making the best decision for their unique situations. Courses, including prerequisites, for the DPT program taken as pass/fail during the time of the COVID-19 response will be accepted and will not negatively impact admissions decisions for prospective students. 


To be eligible to apply for the DPT degree program, you must have:

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Completed majority of the prerequisites courses listed below
  • Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in science, combined math and science, and prerequisite coursework
  • Demonstrated a commitment to a career in physical therapy

Prerequisite Coursework

  • One year chemistry sequence with labs (8 semester credits)
  • One year physics sequence with labs (8 semester credits)
  • One year biology courses for science majors (6 semester credits)
  • One course in anatomy with lab and one course in physiology with lab OR a two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology with labs (8 semester credits)
  • One course in psychology (3 semester credits)
  • One course in statistics (3 semester credits)
  • On-line courses are not accepted for lab components of all prerequisites

At the time of application, you must have completed half the required courses and provided a plan for how all requirements will be met prior to enrollment.

We recommend, but do not require, that you also complete courses in English composition, abnormal psychology, and trigonometry.

Start your DPT Program application today!